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  Brewster Buffalo Serial Number A51-2  

Former Assignments
1 AD

Pilot  F/Lt. Richard R. H. Winter, 648 (KIA) Bangalow, NSW
Crashed  July 8, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Brewster Aeronautical Corporation as model B.339-23. Constructors Number 376. This aircraft was intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) and assigned NEIAF serial number B-3175 and painted in Dutch markings. Assigned to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) with a "NX" test number. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
During March 1942, one of 17 Buffalos transfered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with serial number A51-2. This aircraft, still crated was transported to Essendon Airfield and assigned to 1 AD and assembled at Ansett Airways Hangar 3.

On June 17, 1942 assigned to 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) at Laverton Airfield. During service with the unit, this aircraft's armor plate and guns were removed and three F-24 cameras and an auxiliary tank were installed instead, for use as a photographic reconnaissance aircraft.

Mission History
On July 8, 1942 took off piloted by F/L Winter and crashed roughly 3 miles south of Tallarook and 1.5 miles east of the Hume Highway in Victoria, killing the pilot. On July 20, 1942 converted to components.

Winter was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He was cremated at Springvale Crematorium and is memorialized at Victoria Cremation Memorial, panel 3.

ADF Serials - Buffalo A51-2
CWGC - Richard Raymond Henry Winter

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Last Updated
January 6, 2021

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